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Donna Ridings, Health & Safety Manager and Consultant for Calder Developments LTD, Owner and Operator of Must-Hang Café & Bakery was recently selected as Top Health & Safety Manager and Consultant of the Decade by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP).

While inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself, only 1 Health & Safety Manager is selected for this distinction. Donna is being recognized for this distinction for having over a decade of professional experience as a Health and Safety Advisor, Coordinator and Manager. She will receive this award at IAOTP’s Annual Awards Gala being held at the Plaza Hotel in New York City this December. Furthermore, Donna will be honored for her 2020 selection as Top Health & Safety Advisor of the Year. IAOTP is incredibly honored to recognize Donna for all her success and dedication.

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Stephanie Cirami, the President of the International Association of Top Professionals stated “Choosing Donna for this most recent distinction was an easy decision for our panel to make. Donna’s extensive knowledge of Health & Safety proves she is truly deserving of such an honor. We look forward to spending time with her and celebrating all of her merits at the Annual Awards Gala.”

As a dynamic, results-driven leader Donna has demonstrated success through Leadership skills, HSE (Health, Safety, Environment) Business Support, Training and Development, Policy Development and Audits/Inspections. Donna is a dedicated Health and Safety Advisor within the Oil & Gas/Mining/Construction Industry currently working for Calder Developments LTD, a recognized building & Construction Company in beautiful Wanaka and surrounding New Zealand. 

Serving as a Health and Safety Manager and Advisor, Donna worked with various companies such as Calder Stewart, Danone Nutricia, Switched On, March Construction, Central Systems, and Lycopodium EPCM. Her key areas of expertise include but are not limited to Investigations of Accidents and Incidents, Staff Liaison, Risk Assessment, Hazardous Substances, Developing and Delivering Training, Health and Safety Legislation, Auditing and Recommending Safe Working Practices, Developing and Administering Procedures, Maintaining Records and Systems, Health and Safety Strategy and Arrangements, Office Safety and Fire Safety and Emergency Response. 

Before embarking on her career path, Donna became certified in 2010 with a Cert IV in H&S and received her Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Diploma in 2012. Throughout her training and course developments, she completed more than 20 different certifications to further her education in Health and Safety Management.

Most recently Donna became the Owner and Operator of Must-Hang Café &Bakery allowing her entrepreneurial drive to set the tone for this new venture. 

Throughout her career, Donna has received awards, accolades and has been recognized worldwide for her outstanding leadership and commitment to the profession. For 2020 she graced the front cover of TIP (Top Industry Professionals) Magazine, and she was selected as Top Health & Safety Advisor by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP). For 2022 she is being considered for the Empowered Woman of the Year Award for her tremendous foresight and extensive knowledge within her field. 

Looking back, Donna attributes her success to her persistence, mentors she has had the pleasure of working alongside and her ability to lead. When not working, she enjoys travelling and spending time with her family. For the future, she hopes to continue offering her valuable experience and support to provide a safe working environment for people and to ensure the safety of all equipment 

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